Teens

Ongoing Teen Programs

View a printable calendar of events for June

TECH Lab Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday- Friday: 1pm - 6pm

Saturday: 1pm - 5pm


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Visit the TECH Lab page to learn more about the equipment and other fun things available during these times.

Email Vanessa at justicev@billingsmt.gov with any questions.

Featured Programs

TECH Lab Mural

This is a collaborative effort where teenagers will work alongside a professional artist to explore the subject of "belonging" through the creation of a public mural. Join us Saturdays at 1pm - 2pm in the TECH Lab each week. Snacks will be provided! This will be a multi-week project and all meetings and painting will occur on Saturdays. Email Vanessa with questions or to sign up at justicev@billingsmt.gov

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Teens4Teens

Teens 13-17 meet Wednesdays at 5pm in Billings Public Library’s TECH Lab in order to have fun, share experiences, and show their support for one another in a safe space. Activities will be provided, such as arts & crafts or gaming. All teens who join this social group will be accepted, respected, and welcomed. 

Make friends, learn something new, and be who you are! No registration required.

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Register for Summer Reading here starting June 6th!

Teens can participate in the following activities whether they are signed up for Summer Reading or not. Teens who are registered for Summer Reading will earn points for each activity attended! You may find links to register for each activity both on this page, and in ReadSquared (our Summer Reading software). Registration for activities is only required once. Email Vanessa with questions at justicev@billingsmt.gov

  • Tuesdays 2-3pm – Teen Techies Coding Club (HTML- Our club is full at this time)
  • Wednesdays 5-6pm – Teens4Teens
  • Saturdays 1-2pm- Mural Meetings
  • June 1 –  DIY Hummingbird Feeder Take-Away Kit ready (all kits have been claimed)
  • June 7 –  Boat Building Take-Away Kit ready (all kits have been claimed!)
  • June 10 at 2-3pm – Message in a Bottle Workshop
  • June 17 at 2-3pm – Crochet Workshop
  • June 24 at 12pm – Rubber Ducky Boat Race
  • June 24 at 2-3pm – Teen Pollinator Workshop
  • June 29 at 2-3pm – Outdoor Book Club @ Pioneer Park
  • July 1 at 12-2pm - T-Shirt Upcycling
  • July 5 - August Teen Book Boxes Registration Open!
  • July 8 at 2-4pm- Cthulhu Sculpture Contest
  • July 15 at 11am-12:30pm - Water Workshop (Aquatic Bugs!) @ Pioneer Park

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June

BOAT BUILDING & RUBBER DUCKY RACE

Teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 can participate in a STEM competition by building a sea-worthy craft that will carry their rubber ducky to the finish line! Use any method for moving your boat– wind, battery, solar power, whatever works! Participants must register ahead of time and will receive a take-away kit filled with supplies for making a working boat. Kits will be available starting June 7, 2022 and must be picked up from Billings Public Library TECH Lab. The Rubber Ducky Boat Race will occur on June 24, 2022 at 12pm in the Billings Public Library reflecting pool, located on the first floor in front of the children’s area. Participants will earn points toward their Summer Reading account and prizes for attending the event. LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE.  Sign up now!

We have reached our limit for Boat Building kits. You may still participate using materials found at home. Some craft items (and rubber duckies!) may be available from the TECH Lab, so stop by Tuesday - Friday, 1pm - 6pm or Saturday 1pm - 5pm. 

Teen Techies Coding Club

Learn HTML and earn summer reading points for each session you attend. Meetings will be held Tuesdays in June, 2pm - 3pm in the Computer Classroom located on the 2nd floor of the library. Open to 6th - 12th graders. No experience necessary! 

We have reached our limit for participants.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE WORKSHOP

Start Summer Reading off “write” by attending our Message in a Bottle workshop on June 10, 2pm-3pm in the TECH Lab. Learn to tea dye fabric and practice your hand-lettering / calligraphy. Write a message and decorate your bottle to make a special gift for someone! Earn Summer Reading points for attending. 

Learn to Crochet

Make an adorable octopus when you join us for a lesson in crochet! In the TECH Lab on June 17th from 2pm - 3pm. Sign up now!

THE PERFECT MATCH: A POLLINATOR WORKSHOP 

Join us on June 24, 2-3pm in the Billings Public Library Community Room for a look into the world of pollinators! Discover the unique adaptations that have coevolved between plants and their pollinators. Participants will have a chance to create their own plants and explore the different species found around the library. Presented by Leslie Nelson. Leslie spent the summer of 2021 completing her first AmeriCorps term of service through the Montana Conservation Corps with the U.S. Forest Service in Red Lodge, Montana. She is currently serving a second term with the Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office working under the wildlife biologist. Sign up now!


July

T-SHIRT UPCYCLING

On July 1 from 12pm – 2pm teens can bring their old t-shirts to the TECH lab and turn them into bags, headbands, pet clothes, fabric art, or whatever else they can imagine! Teen Librarian, Vanessa, will help participants cut, sew, bedazzle, and more. Teens can earn Summer Reading points when they attend. Sign up now!

CTHULHU CONTEST

Get ready for some Arts & H.P Lovecraft(s) with this found-sculpture contest! Read The Call of Cthulhu, either online or pick up a printed copy, and then join us July 8, 2pm – 3pm in the TECH Lab to create your own unique sea monster! No experience necessary. Sign up now!

TEEN WATER WORKSHOP- AQUATIC BUGS OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Join us at Pioneer Park on July 15, 11am – 12:30pm with Chris Hobson, Big Sky Watershed Corps Member with the BLM Billings Field Office. We will explore our watershed and the importance of macroinvertebrates to Montana’s waters. Identify macroinvertebrates and learn how to distinguish between them. Part of Summer Reading! Register ahead of time and earn points for attending! Sign up now!


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Teen Book Boxes

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Teen Book Boxes program! Teens will receive free books, educational materials, and surprise items when they sign up each month. Limited supplies available. Open to 11- 19 year olds.

We are taking a short break from the Teen Book Boxes Program.  There will be no registration for June or July. 

August Registration will open July 5th!


Keep an eye out for future announcements! If you have received a Teen Book Box in the past, please consider filling out this feedback form

View the books we sent out in previous months and download the educational materials from our READING page!

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Previous Kits

Instructions and supply lists for our previous Teen Take Away Kits. Get crafty with things you find around the house!

Free 3D Printing From Home

Use the TECH Lab's 3D printers by sending your designs to us and picking them up when they're finished!

What you need:

Steps:

Create a design and pick a filament color. Email your 3D design as an STL file, your color choice from the list below, and your name. Note that 3D models will be limited to one color and sizes may need to be adjusted. Our printers can only print objects that fit within a 10"x6"x6" space. Paint is available upon request. Email Vanessa in the TECH Lab at justicev@billingsmt.gov with any questions.

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Current color options:

  • Green
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

PLA Filament: best used to reliably create high detail parts. It is best for cosmetic prints used in low-stress applications. It is perfect for beginners due to ease of printing. Dremel PLA is a high-quality PLA designed for reliability and ease of printing. It has a high softening temperature to minimize risk of nozzle jams while maintaining print quality. 

PLA FILAMENT WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

— https://shop.dremel.com/3d-printer-filaments/  

 

Teen Spotlights

Kenzi Stephens' winning submission for the World Building Contest!

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Read Megan Bingham's poem, "Hope," winner of the Billings Public Library's Creative Writing Competition!

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